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“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.”

Thomas Keller

My Story

Becky Waldman

    Becky was born into an artistic family, and grew up in Venezuela which was, in the 1980’s, a vibrant land of rich culture and incomparable beauty. From a young age she immersed herself in the process of creativity, understanding, even as a child, the value of artistic human expression. She was a devoted artist, sketching, drawing, and painting for hours on end. When she was nine years old, she was given a training video for young chefs and discovered a new love - cooking! For the next few years she spent many hours in the kitchen, baking and cooking with her mother. As a child, Becky also developed a passion for teaching as both her parents were teachers and mentors and fostered in her a desire to share her own knowledge and experience with others.

    Becky received her BA degree in Spanish and after graduating, started teaching Spanish and ESOL in a local middle school. She welcomed the opportunity to teach, but found her artistic leanings stifled in an environment that had very rigid requirements and not much flexibility. She yearned for the excitement and creativity she had found in cooking and decided to quit the school system and go to culinary school. While in culinary school, she had the unique opportunity to represent her school at the White House for the launch of the “Chefs Move to Schools” program; an initiative started by Michelle Obama in conjunction with the movers and shakers in the culinary world. The First Lady’s program was designed to support and guide chefs to take an active role in their communities through educating children to eat healthier, an endeavor that Becky wholeheartedly committed to.

    Becky’s gradual transformation from teacher to chef found her, over the next few years, working in many high end restaurants in Washington D.C. and Southern Florida. Working alongside experienced and celebrity chefs, she learned the importance of farm-to-table dining, using seasonal and organic ingredients and refining recipes to enhance flavor while promoting sustainability.

    Now, back in Virginia after 5 years in Florida, to her delight Becky has discovered a way to combine her knowledge and love of food with her commitment to educating her community about the infinite ways to make food flavorful, healthy and environmentally sustainable. Her classes cover a wide range of food types, styles of cooking and diets. She teaches in intimate settings for very small groups as well as larger venues that can accommodate larger groups and is always happy to customize the class to meet the needs of her students.

    Becky welcomes you to Becky’s Pixie Kitchen and invites you to enjoy your journey of culinary discovery!

Love for Creativity, Learning, Flavor, Integrity and Balance!

Becky welcomes you and hopes you enjoy your journey of culinary discovery!

Becky's Pixie Kitchen invites you to find...

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